Premier says new system in erstwhile FATA will not be in conflict with area’s culture

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing at the fund-raising dinner of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital.

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the new political system to be placed in the erstwhile FATA will not in conflict with the area’s traditions and culture. 

Speaking in Peshawar’s tribal jirgah, he said that all the issues will be resolved with due consultation of the representatives of the area. “The tribal people gave sacrifices in the war against terror.”

‘KP doctors running false campaign against health reforms’

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that a few doctors are running a false campaign against reforms in the health sector by saying that the government is about to privatise state hospitals.

“We won’t be privatising hospitals. I won’t take into account anyone’s blackmailing tactics in improving government hospitals,” the premier said in a fundraising event for Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

PM Imran said that treatment is not being provided as per international standards in the government hospitals. “I ask the doctors who are protesting against the reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are they satisfied with the treatment being provided?”

“We want to bring state hospitals to the level of Shaukat Khanum Hospital. We won’t step back in improving the standards of the hospital. Hopefully, there will be soon a hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa up to the international standards.”

OPDs at hospitals across KP remained closed due to protests by doctor’s association after a skirmish between them and the security staff of provincial health minister.

“Government has decided to resume OPD service from Saturday and anyone who created hurdles would be dealt with an iron hand,” KP Provincial Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai said while addressing a press conference.

He added the government was preparing a list of doctors who were creating hurdles in the provision of health services. “A handful of doctors want to sabotage health reforms introduced in the province by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government,” Yousafzai said.